Mammography is an important service in breast cancer screening, and in modern day medicine. Wilhelm Rontgen discovered X-rays in 1895, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the first mammography method was introduced to the world by a man named Robert Egan. This technique was the first of its kind to allow doctors to detect calcification deposits in breast tissue, and was able to identify breast cancers and abnormalities where a physical examination could not.
So, what is mammography? Simply put, mammography is an examination of the breast using X-rays. The goal of a mammography is to detect breast cancer when it’s in its earliest stages. This is when breast cancer is most easily treated.
There are different types of mammograms which you should be aware of. There are screening exams, and there are diagnostic exams. Screening exams are used as a regular checkup procedure for women without any symptoms of breast cancer, typically for women aged 50-74. Diagnostic exams are usually used when symptoms of cancer are present in the breast tissue.
Diagnostic exams typically include more images from different angles, and may also be used on women who have previously been diagnosed with breast cancer, women who have recently had breast surgery, or women with breast implants.
The results of a mammogram do not directly confirm an instance of cancer; however, they do provide information necessary to aid health care professionals in making the decision to go ahead with further testing. Typically, the abnormalities in a breast found via a mammogram will be either calcifications, or masses. Either one may or may not be cancerous, and it is up to your health care provider to recommend further testing based on the results of the mammogram.
At Canada Diagnostic Centres we offer mammography services using new advanced technology that produce better results. Digital mammography allows the images taken during the process to be manipulated on a computer to provide better results for diagnosis.